- fantasy author from New Zealand
Readers! Let’s give a good, hearty welcome to Aaron Hodges!
Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job in 2014 and see the world.
One year later, he published his first novel – Stormwielder – while in Guatemala. Since then, he has honed his skills while travelling through parts of SE Asia, India, North and South America, Turkey and Europe, and now has over a dozen works to his name.
Today, he has returned to New Zealand (temporarily) where he is working on his 16th novel and the last in his latest Descendants of the Fall series.
Aaron, thanks for agreeing to be here today. While most interviews start off with bios and such, and while I’ll get to that as always, let’s start with the important stuff!
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
Oh man can’t go much past pokemon haha, but which one? Ahh, Pikachu would be too easy, Arcanine would burn down the house (probably), so I’ll have to go with Pigeot—especially since it was my first pokemon toy ever (And I lost it!)
Sorry you lost it! But hey, if we’re not worried about feeding, we can say you don’t have to worry about things that might burn.
What do you write? And how did you get started?
I write because I love to share all the crazy ideas and imaginings I have in my head and writing seemed to me the best way to do that. Also the most accessible for someone with no acting or videography experience!
It’s your life! The only way to get acting or videography experience is to do it! Most community theatre communities are always open to new actors. But, I think we’re lucky you like creating your own stories on paper for us.
What do you like to read?
I read what I write. I know some of my favourite authors like David Eddings said they try to avoid that, but I find it’s the only way I can stay in touch with the genre, to make sure I’m still connecting what my fellow readers (and therefore I hope also my fans!) are enjoying.
I’ve enjoyed Eddings as well. I do try to keep up with the newer authors in my genre, just so my writing evolves.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you.
I know for some people 15 novels seem like a lot, but some of the bestselling authors I know do that in a year. I just can’t keep up with them!
I am NOT one of those fast writers either. I want to make sure I’m putting out my best quality.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that they can pry out of your cold, dead hands.
Write what you know.
Write what you know. I love bringing extra depth to topics and landscapes in my books, and a lot of the time I can’t do that because I’m actually writing about a place I’ve visited or an idea or science I’m well studied in.
I love it when fantastic worlds are rooted in things drawn from the real world.
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
I guess the best series to promote is always the latest!
My Descendants of the Fall series begins with Warbringer, and is set in a fallen world where humanity is at war with the inhuman Tangata.
Superpowered and terrifying, the Tangata have already overwhelmed the kingdom of Calafe, and they won’t stop there. Romaine, the last warrior of Calafe, still stands against them, but no longer cares what happens to his fellow man. All he wants now is to kill as many of the Tangata as he can, before he goes to meet his lost family.
You can check it out here, or visit my Facebook group to keep in touch with my latest goings
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